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Romney narrowly bests Santorum in Ohio on Super Tuesday

This past Tuesday, March 6, was an important milestone for the Republican Party. Super Tuesday is the day in March or February of a presidential election year when many states hold primary elections. These elections determine how many delegates a candidate will receive at his or her party’s national convention, where the winning contender is officially nominated by the party.

On March 5, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum battled for Ohio’s vote. Ohio, according to the Huffington Post, is “the most-watched contest in the 10-state extravaganza stretching from Alaska to the southeast.”

At a guardrail factory in Canton, Ohio, Romney attempted to steer the conversation from social conservative issues to the economy, but was met with resistance stemming from Rush Limbaugh’s controversial comments on the female college student who testified about contraception before Congress.

“I look at this campaign right now and I see a lot of folks all talking about lots of things, but what we need to talk about to defeat Barack Obama is getting good jobs and scaling back the size of government, and that’s what I do,” Romney said. “Other people in this race have debated about the economy, they’ve read about the economy, they’ve talked about it in subcommittee meetings. But I’ve actually been in it.”

Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader from Virginia; Tom Coburn, a conservative Senator from Oklahoma; and John Ashcroft, a former Senator from Missouri who served as attorney general under the George W. Bush administration, announced their support for Romney on Monday. “We’re coalescing around Mitt Romney’s plan to actually address the economic challenges, and trying to find ways to work together and bring people together and set aside differences,” Cantor told CNN.

Santorum took a slightly different approach at Dayton Christian School, telling the people of Ohio that the election needed to be earned, not bought. The obvious jab at Romney’s wealth was followed by this statement, according to the Huffington Post: “Look into what the candidates have overcome and what they have to offer to this country – not just what money they have.”

Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General and recent supporter of Santorum, called Romney a “country club Republican.” Santorum continued, “I come to the people of Ohio as a candidate who shouldn’t be here. Growing up in a steelworker town, growing up having to fight for everything you got, is exactly the kind of person that we need to have.” Santorum also admitted that getting Gingrich out of the race was most likely a necessary step.

As of Monday, the polls showed that Santorum was slipping in Ohio, falling very close to Romney’s percentage. Newt Gingrich appeared to be a strong frontrunner in Georgia, his home state, but only has a win from the South Carolina primary under his belt. Gingrich planned to touch base in Tennessee and Alabama before returning to Atlanta. Finally, Ron Paul was looking for a win in Alaska, Idaho, or North Dakota. Romney has won four contests consecutively, while Santorum and Gingrich did not have enough signatures to qualify for the Virginia Primary.

President Barack Obama chose to hold his first news conference of the year on Tuesday, most likely in hopes of stealing some of the attention from the Republicans and clearing up and defending some of the choices he has made with America’s economy.

On Super Tuesday, Rick Santorum won the most votes in North Dakota, Tennessee, and Oklahoma with about a 10 percent lead over Mitt Romney in Tennessee and Oklahoma and a 10 percent lead over Ron Paul in North Dakota.

Newt Gingrich’s only win was in Georgia, but it was with a 22 percent lead over Romney. Romney saw considerable success, winning the Virginia primary 19 percent ahead of Paul, 14 percent ahead of Paul in Vermont, 1 percent ahead of Santorum in the Ohio primary, and 3 percent ahead of Santorum in the Alaska Caucus. Romney was also overwhelmingly popular in Idaho, where he bested Santorum by 41 percent, and in Massachusetts, where he beat Santorum by over 60 percent.


Apple announces the next iPad

Apple released the newest iPad this past Wednesday, March 7. The media was invited to an event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Both the original iPad and the iPad 2 were launched in previous years around this time. Steve Jobs, the former chief executive of Apple, unveiled the first two iPads. With Jobs’s recent death, Tim Cook, the company’s new CEO, is expected to make the reveal.

The Washington Post released some rumors, stating that the next iPad will be slightly thicker but with tapered edges and will boast a Retina display with about twice the resolution of the first two iPads, which had 1,024-by-768 pixel resolution touchscreens. The new iPad will also sport a higher megapixel camera and an LTE 4G chip, allowing the tablet to take advantage of speedy cellular networks for internet access.

If you’re looking to trade in your old iPad, Amazon, eBay, NextWorth, and Gazelle are good places to start. Target, Best Buy, and GameStop will also most likely take your old iPad.

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